Dear Readers,

Anyone who's ever trained a puppy knows that you go in steps and when a new variable is introduced (a change in schedule, a new rug in the kitchen, a visitor in the home) it impacts the process of training.  We at HRI have recently started working with new software for our newsletter as a way to cut the costs we once incurred with our old service. Guess what? That new variable resulted in a newsletter that went out without our being ready. Oops! Please read along with us and enjoy what has been a work in progress. We can't imagine anyone we'd rather share our experiences with than the wonderful friends and supporters of Havanese Rescue Inc and the beautiful dogs that have so captured our hearts.

Your Newsletter Committee




The 2008 Havanese Rescue Inc. Hero Reception

OH WHAT A NIGHT!!  Continuing with the “HERO” theme….the Capitol Room of the Richmond Sheraton was filled with people to support and donate to the Silent Auction and Raffle. 

What HEROES they were!  This year there were 41 fabulous items generously donated.  There was something for everyone!  The raffle boxes were filled! The Silent Auction clip boards were being monitored by many waiting to bid one more time and take home the item of their choice before the bids closed!

Many old friends caught up on “news” and many new friendships began.  The love of this enchanting little breed we call Havanese created a feeling of celebration for the work being done by HRI.  We applaud their indefatigable efforts.

Charlene Edwards
Chairperson HRI Reception 2008
Judith Jones, Karen Peede, Jim Siver, Karon Fowler

Changing Lives

Who is Pat Potter?

Havanese rescuer. State Contact. Loving mom to two former rescues, Mr. Roman and Frannie. Intake counselor and arranger. Assistant Volunteer Coordinator. Former wildlife rescuer. Foster mom. Marathon transporter. Processor of volunteer applicants. Tireless worker.

From the first request to cover the state of Missouri, Pat has stepped up to help on many levels within our organization. 

She is like a detective on a case when she processes new volunteers, uncovering all the facts, and at the same time making friends with and welcoming these new people into the fold.

Pat has been on the Intake Committee almost from the beginning, and has been one of the kind voices helping owners through the painful process of relinquishing their dogs to assure them a happy future, and, better yet, assisting other owners to find the tools to keep their loving companions.

Foster dogs must feel like they’ve dropped into Heaven when they are in Pat’s loving care. Dining out for breakfast is just one of their special treats while residing at Potter Place.

Pat’s future includes the position of Volunteer Coordinator, which she will tackle as she has all her other tasks, with kindness and determination.

Pat typifies the heart of HRI, how lucky we are to have her!
Pat Potter and Roman

Winners! 2008 Rescue Quilts!

The needles are resting, members of HRI and the Forum Quilt Project are busy with their designs for next year, the figures are in, and the quilts and wall hanging have been shipped to all the lucky winners of the 2008 Havanese Rescue Inc Quilt Raffle. According to Carole Thompson, who has handled ticket sales since the inception of HRI and is a former HRI Treasurer, the total amount of funds earned is ....drum roll…$6,479.00! One hundred ten individuals purchased tickets prior to Richmond, and almost $1,500.00 of the total figure was donated to the raffle at Nationals.

The winner of the Forum Quilt is our own Susan Anthony, while Laura Cascino, the “auctioneer” for our annual upcoming HRI Auction took home the Havanese Make My World Go Round quilt.

Linda Okimoto, the force behind the beautiful advertisements for the Quilt Raffle this year (along with her wonderful and talented husband, Perry) was the first member from the quilt committee to win one of the pieces and is now the proud owner of the Havanese Delight wall hanging. Linda became involved in the quilt project as a result of a special relationship she shared with the late Sue Nelson. In Sue’s memory Linda became involved in HRI and eagerly accepted the position of co-coordinator of the Havanese Make My World Go Around quilt.

When I asked Linda to write a bit about the quilt she said it best. “We didn’t get dogs, we got a lifestyle. The whole family was involved in HRI this year. For 2009, I plan to make a square of my own for the first time.” (Below left, Daisey, Linda, Alana & Ricky Okimoto.)

lindaokimoto.jpgLinda continued eloquently, “The quilt wall hanging we won will hang over my fireplace. We never use the fireplace, so the quilt will be safe. This quilt was dedicated to another rescue volunteer, Rosemary Leone. Her sister emailed me some time ago after reading one of the ads I posted about it, and told me how honored her sister would have been to have had a quilt made in her memory. How touching that was...and now it will be a part of our home.”

Laura Cascino, who is busily preparing for the amazing Autumn auction and still recuperating from a serious leg injury, just received a special package. She was kind enough to send this warm quote, “Shadow and Kidget were jumping up and down as I opened the box and pulled out the Havanese Make My World Go Round quilt. I was glad they were distracted by the toys and treats that were also packed inside, because I wanted to take my time and look at the detail in every single square. I will always treasure the quilt because it is so much more than just thread and fabric. It’s a true labor of love that represents our devotion to our dogs, not just those snoozing in our living rooms, playing in our yards and warming our feet at night, but also those waiting for us to free them from shelters and other unsafe situations so they can be made whole again and live life being loved and spoiled by folks who truly appreciate how precious they are.” Get well soon Laura.

A huge thank you to all that contributed their time, money, and effort to this year’s Raffle. The quilts and wall hanging were beautifully crafted and lovingly designed by many volunteers with one goal in mind, the commitment to the happiness and welfare of our beloved breed and to the Ebbie’s, Angel’s, Spike’s and Beasley’s, the Bentley’s, Bistro’s, and Bela’s, the Desi’s, the Maggie’s and Casper’s we love now and others whose memories we cherish.




Paul Hohne sells tickets while Bud Donner and Jane Hohne pose in front of the quilts at the
HRI Reception!


Featured Rescue


Two year old Tucker is a playful, active ten pound Havanese. Playing with his Havanese foster siblings is one of his favorite things. His sparkly personality has come out now that he's learned the joy of running and wrestling with other dogs.

Tucker is very affectionate and loves to be petted. He snuggles up on the lap of his foster mom but is good about understanding that the other dogs need time on her lap too. When he's comfortable, he gives sweet little kisses. Tucker continues to have trust issues with people he doesn't know and can be slow to warm up with strangers.

Tucker came to rescue with some confusion about who was in charge. He's done very well in his foster home. He's a smart little dog and learns new tricks quickly. His ideal family will have time to spend with him each day and will continue to work with him, teaching him tricks. It's good for Tucker to know what is expected of him and hear what a good dog he is. Trick training is a good way to build his confidence while building a relationship with this loving little dog. Tucker is looking for a loving, adult family.

If you're interested in adopting Tucker, please complete our adoption application.


Gotta Be in Pictures...
The HRI Rescue Calendar

You've seen their adorable faces and followed their stories on the HRI website or in quilt ads. Now, after several years and numerous requests, the Havanese Rescue Calendar will be available once more.anniecalendar.jpg

If you recall the last two rescue calendars, your Havanese (or other dog) can "be in pictures" too! Yes, for a small contribution, you may submit a small photo of your dog to be printed on the calendar date you specify. It's a great way to honor your pet's birthday, championship, "gotcha day," or to simply show off their wonderful holiday duds.

All funds, of course, will go to support the continuing and growing efforts of HRI. More specific information will follow regarding pricing. For now, please take a look through your digital photos and select a few perfect shots that you'd like to see on the calendar. What a perfect holiday surprise for the Hav-loving friend or family member.
Send your calendar inquiries to Bonnie Davis, [email protected]

The rescue Parade at the HRI Reception was a huge hit!

Dogs: Frannie, Isabella, Roman, Callie, Sophie, Harley & Samantha

Donations are always welcome!


With the constant increase in rescues coming in, HRI is in need of foster homes. If you can help, please register at our volunteer web site:


Quick Links
Assistance for a Havanese In Need
Our Havanese Magazine
Training & Behavorial Links
Special Needs Dogs
2008 Heroes!
HRI Cafe Press Store


Supporting Clubs

Havanese Club of America
A special thank you to the Havanese Club of America for their $1,000 donation to HRI, presented at the National Specialty in Richmond!

Capital Havanese Club


Cascade Havanese Club

Delaware Valley Havanese Club

The Greater New York Havanese Club

Havanese Club of Southern California

Lone Star Havanese Club
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Editor - Paula Perlmutter
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© 2008 Havanese Rescue Inc

Changing lives ... one Havanese at a time.